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Tech Buzz 3/03

The skinny on Internet SCSI

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A new way to handle office computing is coming to town. InternetSCSI (iSCSI )is a standard that allows computers to access andshare remote (rather than internal) hard drives over a networkusing IP Internet protocols. The hard drives show up on eachdesktop as local disks and behave that way for the user. iSCSI isalso expected to make installing a Storage Area Network, a muchsimpler and more affordable task.

That iSCSI works over familiar existing Ethernet networks is apoint in its favor. At its most basic, all you need is an iSCSIadapter and the proper software. You can get the advantages ofshared storage drives while each computer still uses its ownprocessing power and memory, limiting the drag on resources thatcan occur with solutions like thin clients. Tasks such as upgradingsoftware for multiple computers, backing up data and managingsystems could be greatly simplified.

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